February 13, 2018 Migrating from an older version of a library or interface can be an easy upgrade, but in a legacy codebase sometimes it can be a remarkably frustrating chore. In this post we look at some examples of programmatically rewriting Ruby source code, as a gateway to thinking about how you could apply the technique elsewhere.
February 6, 2018 Recently a bunch of teams I work with have turned the corner, having paid down technical debt to a long-term sustainable level. The future unfurls with possibility. Many of the infrastructure engineer teams I’ve been a part of have struggled to make the transition from maintenance to innovation, and I wanted to write down some of the ideas that we’re exploring to ease this shift.
January 30, 2018 At work we’ve been planning the next phase of our storage infrastructure, and a big part of that conversation has been around global secondary indexes a technique used by horizontally scalable datastores like Cassandra. While I was super comfortable nodding along, I wasn’t sure I actually understand the concept particularly well, so I’ve spent some time learning more about them, and wrote up some notes.
January 27, 2018 I've been writing on this blog for over a decade, but I haven't experimented or changed things up for four or five years. This year I'm trying some new approaches to writing and distribution, and I wanted to share a bit about those goals.
January 23, 2018 Several years and an employer ago, I was interviewing a candidate for an engineering management role and asked them how they built diverse teams. They mentioned the pipeline problem and concisely summarized their experience: it’s hard. I knew it was a weak answer. And mine was uncomfortably similar.